Call for Proposals: Biodiversity conservation and addressing Climate change adaptation in Central and Western African countries

This program’s main objective is to strengthen local NGOs in Central and Western African countries contribute to biodiversity conservation and addressing climate change adaptation by funding local projects.
Application Deadline in 7 days

The Small-Scale Initiatives Program (PPI), created in 2006 by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), and implemented by the French Committee of IUCN (IUCN France), in partnership with the IUCN Central and West Africa Program (IUCN PACO), launches a new call for proposals “small grants” projects.

This program’s main objective is to strengthen local NGOs in Central and Western African countries contribute to biodiversity conservation and addressing climate change adaptation by funding local projects.

In early 2019, the FFEM and IUCN France signed a new agreement for an extension of the fifth phase of the PPI until June 2021. Moreover, the Mava Foundation and IUCN France decided to intervene in an additional way, in new countries on the North Atlantic front of West Africa which is one of the priority regions of the Foundation.

A new call for proposals opens today and aims at financing (by the FFEM and the MAVA Foundation) and implementing of about 30 new projects in 19 countries in West and Central Africa.

The targeted environmental themes are the improvement of territorial governance, the protection of endangered species, the management of Protected Areas (PA) and their fringes, the fight against poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.

PPI’s objectives include:

  • To fund on-ground projects implemented by the civil society of Western and Central Africa that protect remarkable biodiversity (e.g.: rare and/or endemic species or ecosystems) and/or address climate change issues;
  • To build the civil society capacity on project development, management and monitoring and reinforce technical skills required to successfully implement these projects;
  • To raise the level of the civil society influence on environmental decisions and policies in their own countries, and
  • To facilitate the sharing of lessons learned and enable networking among grantees. 


Eligible applicants for this round of small grants are African NGOs that have not previously benefited from a PPI grant, working on high biodiversity values and/or that are important for addressing climate change issues.

The maximum contribution for these small grants is € 40 000. This contribution will cover at maximum 50% of the total cost of the project (75% if only local donors) and the project duration is 15 months maximum.

Dateline for pre-proposal submission: Sunday, 31st of March 2019 – 6:00 pm (Paris time GTM +1)

Source: UICN

Illustration Photo: Two Degrees Up project, to look at the impact of climate change on agriculture. Mount Kenya region (credits: Neil Palmer (CIAT) / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))

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